Interviews Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:48:29 +0000 en-gb Saudi Arabia executed Sheikh Nimr on baseless allegation

The regime of Saudi Arabia has executed 47 people on the baseless allegation of terrorism. Among them was top cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr. Sheikh Nimr's execution has triggered a massive outcry in different parts of the world where people have condemned the Saudi regime for suppressing the Shia minority. In this regard, IRIB English Radio correspondent Mehran Derakhshandeh has held a roundtable attended by Reza Kazem, a television journalist and a member of Islamic Human Rights Commission and Shabbir Hasanali, a political commentator and activist, both based in London. Let’s take a listen.


Interviews Sun, 03 Jan 2016 10:14:43 +0000
London mosques sent death threats

UK media reported that several mosques in London have been sent death threats, hate mail and anti-Islamic cartoons.


The Independent reported that the targeted mosques included the East London Mosque, in Tower Hamlets, and Finsbury Park Mosque.

It said that among the 15 emails and letters sent to the Finsbury Park Mosque were hand-drawn cartoons against Prophet Muhammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny).

Morteza Jabbari has interviewed Massoud Shajare, chairman of Islamic Human Rights Commission in London, about the threats to London mosques.

Interviews Sat, 07 Mar 2015 15:24:51 +0000
London scene of anti-Islamic moves

UK media reported that several mosques in London have been sent death threats, hate mail and anti-Islamic cartoons.

IRIB English Radio has interviewed Massoud Shajare, Chairman of Islamic Human Rights Commission in London, in this regard.

Interviews Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:29:50 +0000
Protest held against Islamophobia in Germany

Tens of thousands of people have marched in Germany to protest against Islamophobia in the country.
IRIB English Radio correspondent has interviewed Christoph Horstel, a government consultant in Germany, in this regard.


Interviews Sun, 11 Jan 2015 15:44:31 +0000
Death sentence against Sheikh Nimr violates civil and divine laws

The death sentence handed to the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqer al-Nimr violates the Divine as well as civil laws, the Imam of Al-Reda Mosque in Sydney, Australia said.


In an interview with IQNA, Sheikh Nami Farhat Al-Ameli added that by issuing such a verdict, the Saudi regime seeks to intimidate the opposition and appease the extremists. 

Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr was sentenced to death on October 15 by the Specialized Criminal Court in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Here are Sheikh Al-Ameli’s views about the verdict and the reasons behind it. 

Q: What reasons do you think are behind the death sentence?

A: The Saudi regime is built on a system of dictatorship, everything in the country (including people) belong to one family. So when a voice is raised calling for equality between citizens or asking for some rights it is obvious that such a regime will utilise its power to destroy it. Adding to this that the Saudi regime is built not only on the system of dictatorship but also on the Wahabism beliefs that don’t consider the Shi’a school of thought as Muslims. So how about if a scholar from this -as they claim- disbeliever group stands up and speaks against his people’s oppression?


Q: What objectives does Saudi Arabia pursue by issuing such a verdict?

A: In my opinion the Saudi regime wants to send three messages. The First message is to the opposition making them aware that any stand that opposes us publicly the result will be execution even if you are considered an important figure in the Islamic nation.

The Second message is to the right wing in the country showing them that they are applying the Islamic laws according to their beliefs, and I believe this is a very important message that the Saudi regime wants to deliver. As nowadays there is a big debate taking place between extreme groups in the Saudi regime whether their government is practicing Islamic laws correctly (according to their beliefs) or should they take sides with ISIS (ISIL) and other extreme parties. By issuing the death sentence, the Saudi regime sent a clear message to this particular group, also convincing them they have an enemy inside their country (i.e. the Shias) and they arrested their leader. So there is no need for you to help or join ISIS which may cause damage inside the country as we will protect you from the enemy.

The third message the Saudi regime wants to send is for the world stating that they are still strong! It is important as in the past few years many problems occurred within the Saudi family, and the king is on his death bed. The message is to state that we are still able to protect our regime.

However I highly doubt that they will execute the death sentence on Sheikh Al Nimr. It is only messages that they want to deliver and they have been successful in some.

Q: Is the sentence justifiable according to Islamic laws as well as in terms of human rights?

A: The death sentence against Sheikh Nimr Baqer al-Nimr violates civil and divine laws. The Human rights declaration states "All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law" (description of the UN declaration article 7, the United Nations). In Islam we do not find any ruling stating that you can kill a human being if he asks for justice; in fact Islam is built on a just system, anyone who reads the history will know how even non-Muslims used to live under the Islamic government which protected them, and the Islamic Republic of Iran today is a clear example of a true Islamic government that gives the opportunity to the minorities ( including Sunnis, Christians, Jews, etc) to represent themselves in the parliament and they have freedom in practicing their religions and traditions.

But if you ask me whether is it justifiable according to Wahabi laws? The answer is Yes. As they consider Sheikh Nimr to be a disbeliever and killing him is not only allowed but a recommended act that they will be rewarded by performing it!

Q: What should human rights organizations as well as international bodies like the UN, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, etc, do with regards to this verdict?

A: The UN is under the control of the American imperialist system and only works for the benefit of this system. As for us, we must stand as Muslims, and show our support and rejection. Every community or party can study the steps that they can take according to where they live and the freedom they have. Perhaps in the west we can show our support through contacting human rights organizations and also through protesting in front of the Saudi embassy under the slogan of “we are all Sheikh Al-Nimr”.

Q: What can the media do about it?

A: Again media is under the control of the American imperialist system, but today’s media is not limited to newspapers or television. In fact social media is more powerful than television. We can use media to educate our communities, guide and encourage them to be active in standing and supporting the case of Sheikh Nimr in the way they find best.

Q: Will this issue lead to the deterioration of relations between Saudi Arabia and Shia-majority countries like Iran, Lebanon and Iraq?

A: Governments work in a different way than societies, there is a system that they must follow in facing this problem and it can’t be announced publicly until they decide.

Interviews Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:21:42 +0000
Saudi regime insists heavy crackdown on dissent voice

A death sentence against prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia will soon to the collapse of the Saudi monarchy if enforced.

IRIB English Radio correspondent has interviewed Nazem Ali, a member of Islamic Human Rights Commission in London, in this regard.

Interviews Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:54:47 +0000
Calls mounting in US for release of African-American Imam

Calls are growing in the US for the release of Jamil Abdullah al-Amin, a jailed African-American Imam.


The 70-year-old Imam, who has been held in the United States Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum Facility since 2007, is suffering from a rare form of blood cancer.

ADX Florence or the Alcatraz of the Rockies is a federal supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. Supermax prisons are "control-unit" prisons, or units within prisons, which represent the most secure levels of custody in the prison sys terms of certain countries.

IRIB English Radio has spoken to Imam Abdul Alim Musa, Leader of As-Sabeghun Movement in the United States, in this regard.

Interviews Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:03:01 +0000
Dire situation in Gaza

The UN has expressed concern that more than 80 percent of the 1.5 million Palestinians in the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip depend on relief supplies for their survival.

The director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Gaza, John Ging, said, "The plight of the people is still desperate."
We have interviewed Jan Oberg, Director of Trans-national Foundation for Peace and Future Research based in Sweden, on the dire situation in Gaza.

Interviews Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:41:35 +0000
Zionist crimes continue

The Zionist regime of Israel continues its atrocities against the innocent Palestinian people.

IRIB English Radio has conducted an interview with Abdul Rahman Glen Spark, a member of Islamic Human Rights Commission, in this regard.

Interviews Sun, 10 Aug 2014 14:31:51 +0000
US spying on Muslims smacks of Nazis: Brasch

An award-winning American journalist, Dr. Walter M. Brasch, says that US government’s spying operations targeting the entire Muslim community is misguided and smacks of what was done in Nazi Germany.
IRIB English Radio has conducted a phone interview with Christoph Horstel, a government consultant in Germany, on the issue.

Interviews Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:33:47 +0000